Amherst, OH
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Amherst is a somewhat small city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 12,135 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Amherst is the 151st largest community in Ohio.

Amherst is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Amherst is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amherst who work in office and administrative support (16.70%), sales jobs (10.69%), and food service (8.40%).

Also of interest is that Amherst has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Amherst is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Amherst’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The population of Amherst overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Amherst, 23.23% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Amherst in 2010 was $29,302, which is wealthy relative to Ohio, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,208 for a family of four. However, Amherst contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Amherst home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Amherst residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Amherst include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Amherst is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.